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. merrill newman, the man being held by north korea, is returning home. and there are many tributes for the south african leader nelson mandela. >> the american war veteran retained by north korea since october is due to arrive inwe'rt community where newman was ma wr thanksgiving, but he'll be home for the holidays. when he first made the trip to north korea he could not have imagined how difficult of a trip it would turn out. but now he'll return to the u.s. a great relief for his family. >> i'm very glad to be home. i'm appreciate the government to allow me to be on my way. >> i offered him a ride home but he pointed out there is a direct flight to san francisco, his home. i don't blame him. i would be on that flight, too. >> newman was a soldier in the korean war and his visit was a long-planned vacation down memory lane. but he was no order soldier. the north koreans released this confession, likely forced by newman, admitting his afill ways with the white tigers. for newman the war is history. but for north koreans, newman was an enemy of the state. the two countries never sig
, happy to be home, we want to show you the photo of merrill newman and his wife, happy at home. he says he is truly grateful for all the support he and his family have received during this ordeal. korean war veteran merrill newman arrived at san francisco international airport to a group of media. he held hands with his wife, lee, and his son, jeff, was beside him. >> good morning, i'm delighted to be home. i want to thank the swedish embassy in korea. >> reporter: he was released with humanitarian gesture, based on his age. >> it is a great homecoming, and i'm tired, ready to be with my family now. and thank you all for the support we got. and very much appreciate it. >> reporter: newman was getting ready to leave north korea october 26th after a ten-day visit there when he was taken off the plane. the government detained him for more than a month, accusing him of being a criminal involved in the killing of civilians during the korean war. this video released on state-run television november 29th shows newman reading a handwritten apology. the political experts say it was likely writte
bastida. first, we have developing news tonight. meryl newman is on his way back to the united states. this is the 85-year-old palo alto man arriving in beijing just a few hours ago after being deported from north korea. a few days ago, north koreaen television aired an apology for newman who is a koreaen war veteran. we're told he will fly from beijing directly to san francisco. >> we will have more on that story in just a moment. first, rain is coming down all over the bay area and here is paul. >> it is heavy rain fall in many locations. it's a soaking rain fall from the south bay all the way north. you see pink and white below the banner there. that is the east bay hills south toward mount hamilton. we are picking up snow. look at all that yellow, orange for you in the santa cruz mountains. that's heavy rain fall. richmond, san ramon, concord, fair field, vacville, north all the way up to winters. also on the peninsula, burling game and hillsborrow. it is snowing heavily up and down our mountains here in california. so, we have a winter weather advisory in effect in the north ba
thing? >> go home and see my wife. >> korean war veteran merrill newman is finally a free man once again. there you saw him in china. he's looking forward to a long awaited reunion after more than a month in captive. they finally released the 85-year-old. his plane just landed. north korea held him for alleged hostile acts during the korean war. north korea released a video of him confessing to war crimes. hello, everybody. i'm in washington with a breaking news this hour. live at los angeles with the very latest upon his return and where we hope he will be speaking to reporters about his experience. dominick. >> yeah, absolutely. 42-day deal finally all over. let's show you the scene at san francisco airport at the international terminal there. the plane has literally just landed. apparently taxiing to the gate. eight minutes sooner than planned. he will come out of arrival toll at some point. he's got to go through immigration and get his bags. it could be a few minutes before we see him. just before he took off from beijing, we saw him in good condition. he was smiling. and he looked
korea. 85-year-old merrill newman was a careeran war veteran. today we learned he served in a secret armed forces group called the white tigers. abc 7 news reporter lillian kim has those details. lillian. >> merrill newman's role in the white tiger to train anti-communist guerrillas. this photo shows him posing with some of the members in south korea decades after the korean war. newman reportedly visited south korea twice in the past ten years. in his videotaped apology released by north korean state media friday night, newman accepts responsibility for helping anti-communist guerrillas. the guerrilla unit was called a regiment named after a north korean mountain where the guerrillas sought refuge. many are now questioning why newman went to north korea given his role during the korean war. one fellow white tiger believes newman went to do a favor for his former guerrillas. >> i think some of those people indicated they may have had relatives still living in north korea, and they probably asked him would he try to find those and maybe talk to those people and let them know what the
-old merrill newman was a careeran war veteran. today we learned he served in a secret armed forces group called the white tigers. abc 7 news reporter lillian kim has those details. lillian. >> merrill newman's role in the white tiger to train anti-communist guerrillas. this photo shows him posing with some of the members in south korea decades after the korean war. newman reportedly visited south korea twice in the past ten years. in his videotaped apology released by north korean state media friday night, newman accepts responsibility for helping anti-communist guerrillas. the guerrilla unit was called a regiment named after a north korean mountain where the guerrillas sought refuge. many are now questioning why newman went to north korea given his role during the korean war. one fellow white tiger believes newman went to do a favor for his former guerrillas. >> i think some of those people indicated they may have had relatives still living in north korea, and they probably asked him would he try to find those and maybe talk to those people and let them know what the condition of their
is on assignment. >>> 85-year-old merrill newman has be detained in north korea now for more than a month. kpix 5's mark kelly is in our newsroom. we're learning that newman apparently in good health. mark. >> reporter: frank, swedish diplomats have been able to visit him giving him medication for his heart. the obama administration is now urging for newman's release citing his advanced age and health conditions. >> i can understand that in u.s. and western countries, there is misleading information and propaganda about pprk. >> reporter: north korean state media released this video over the weekend of detained american tourist 85-year-old merrill newman reading a handwritten apology. pyongyang said newman admits he is guilty of big crimes when he fought for the u.s. in the korean war killing civilians, working with anticommunist guerrillas and planning now 60 years later to try to meet up with them. the video shows newman signing the four-page statement he read on camera dated november 9 and sealing it with his thumbprint in red ink. what was to him next isn't clear. after being held since late oc
are following a developing story. freed and back home merrill newman arrived at sfo this morning. >> reporter: he is happy to be back with his family tonight. we want to show you a picture of merrill newman and his wife. it appears he is doing what he told us he wanted to do this morning. that is relax. his son let us know an hour ago he is doing well and pleased to be back at home. >> i am delighted to be home. >> korean war veteran arrived at san francisco international airport after an overnight flight from beijing. the 85 year old addressed the media with a short statement. >> i want to thank the swedish embassy and the american embassy in beijing for all of their help. it has been a great homecoming. and i'm tired but i'm ready to be with my family now. thank you all for the support we got. and very much appreciated. >> reporter: the north korean state news agency reported newman had been, quote, deported. according to the report his release was a humanitarian gesture based on the 84 year old's advanced age. he was taken off the plane in october and detained until this week accused of be
. you talked to newman's wife tonight? >> reporter: good evening. they have been living at a retirement home in paloñrñk'i a but they also own a home. they are still just trying to catch their breath after this whole ordeal.Ñi in a photo taken thisÑi afterno and sent to us by his Ñihome, hs home relaxing on the porch with his wife. the couple was still reel and too tired to talk further about the ordeal. this morningçó ñ"ewman was gree by applause telling reporters he wó3ddelights to be back on u.s. >> it's been great homecoming. i'ma-i9tired, but ready to be w my family. >> reporter: yellow ribbons are still up at the palo alto retirement home where they reside and in the former neighborhood some of the couple's friends said they were overjoyed he was released. >> what are you going to do when you get home in. >> relax. >> reporter: newman thanks the swedish embassy. he refused to answer any questions about his treatment. they were released after former president bill clinton intervened. kenneth bay, a korean american missionary is still in a north korean jail and has been the
of a tense standoff came suddenly, the north korean government saying merrill newman, a korean war vet with a heart condition was released for humanitarian reasons. nbc's mike taibbi is in palo alto with more for us. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. the north korean officers say they deported merrill newman, others say he was freed after a detention that never should have happened. bottom line, the 85-year-old the ex-marine for a trip that lasted much longer than it should have is home. it happened quickly without any prior announcement, the flight from pyongyang to beijing, and merrill newman finally able to speak freely. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. >> reporter: and then after a direct flight to san francisco, american soil. >> it's been a great, great homecoming and i'm tired, but ready to be with my family now and thank you all for the support we got, and very much appreciated. >> reporter: newman had visited north korea on an organized tour but was pulled off his homebound flight october 26th minutes before takeoff and held without explanation but the eld
. >>> new developments tonight, merrill newman is finally back home after arriving at sportstime ohio, sfo san francisco international airport. tired, but upbeat, newman is back after being released by the north korean government. the 85-year-old war veteran turned prisoner stepped off a jet in san francisco to end a 43-day long ordeal. ktvu's debora villalon is live in santa cruz with what newman had to say about his experience. >> reporter: it's all quiet after what you would expect after an exhausting day, merrill newman finely getting a night's sleep in his own bed. this picture shared by their son showed lee and merrill newman relaxing over a meal. they were reunited in morning at sfo where newman arrived nonstop from beijing. friends and onlookers aflawed as he strolled through the airport, his comments brief. >> good morning, i'm delighted to be home. >> reporter: the 85-year-old veteran thanked the swedish embassy for helping with his release. >> it's been a great homecoming and i'm tired, but happy to be with my family. >> reporter: the refire retired executive was held without
news. merrill newman, the 85-year-old palo alto man who was detained in north korea for six weeks, is right now on a plane headed to sfo. he will land in a couple of hours. we're live at sfo where a welcome home crowd continues to grow. >> reporter: that scheduled ?riet supposed to land at 8:58. we expect family to alive closer to that time. it's sure to be a warm welcome for the korean war veteran who has been away from his wife, family and friends for more than a month now. we have video of merrill newman in china last night on his way home. the ordeal started when merrill newman visited north korea in october. just as he was about to board a flight for china, he was detained on october 26 and charged with hostile acts against the state. the associated press says merrill newman served in a it top secret military unit that trained south koreans to sneak into north korea during the war. during his time in custody in north korea, they released a video of the veteran apologizing for his actions. the north korean government does have a history of coercesing statements from detainees.
korean government is back home tonight. merrill newman arrived at sfo this morning but as don knapp reports he wouldn't comment on the time in captivity. >> reporter: a round of applause greets merrill newman walking through san francisco's international terminal. back home after being held six weeks by the north korean. >> government. >> great homecoming and i'm tired but ready to be with my family now. and -- thank you all for the support we got. and very much appreciate it. >> reporter: newman declined to talk about his experience. later, news crews waited for hours at newman's retirement home for a chance to learn more. he didn't show. newman advised south korean guerrillas during the war. on october 26th as he prepared the fly -- no fly home from north korea they entered the plane and removed him. that's week they released this video of newman reading a so- called confession apology. >> with the information of the kp a and attack the communication system and killed three innocent operators. >> reporter: the north korean video signaled an impending release according to stanford'
>> hello, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm jonathan betz in new york. merrill newman is back on u.s. soil. the korean war veteran has his long-awaited homecoming after being detained in north korea. >> cheers greet french troops in the central african republic. >> finally as a family we are humbled by the messages of condolence and support that we receive from government and people of the world. >> the family of nelson mandela makes its first statement since his death as the memorial grows for the antiapartheid leader. power outages and a travel nightmare. wintry weather spreads across the u.s. >> tonight a u.s. veteran is home with his family after being held in north korea for more than a month. merrill newman arrived in the 85-year-old was accused of committing crimes while he served in the korean war. his family called merrill newman's time in north korean's hands, "a very difficult ord eel", >> melissa chan has the story. >> when merrill newman made the trip, he would not have known how difficult it would turn out. after weeks of detention he's in the u.s., looking healthy, w
to thank everyone who made this possible. >> newman is making his way back to the u.s. right now and the korean war vet is expected to arrive at sfo tomorrow. jean ellie has more on his release. >> he lives here at the channing house retirement center with his wife, his friend put up this yellow ribbon and tonight it can come down. no one inside the retirement center is commenting, but they are all smiles. newman is coming home. the mayor landed safely at the airport in beijing, china. they released the 85-year-old korean war veteran after holding him for more than a month, accusing him of crimes against north korea. a relieved newman told us he is grateful to head home to the bay area. >> glad to be on my way home. >> he appeared on state television, reading an apology for wartime crimes. newman served three years in the korean war, trained guerillas were feared in the north. officials took newman off an airplane on october 26th as he was leaving the country after a-day visit. his wife expressed concerns about her husband's heart condition. >> you don't know where your husband o
korea fore than a month... this is merrill newman heading into the bei airport... after it was announced that north korea d released him. newman is a kn war veteran... who was on a tourist trip when he was tan into custody. we'll have mon the plans to bring him home. coming up. good evening i'm juliette goodrich in for elizabeth c and i'm ken bastida. and new video out of castro valley. a water main break is wreaking havoc in one neighborhood tonight -- near seven hills road and santa a avenue. thousands of gallons of water gushed dowe street and into people's ho. firefighters set up wood pa to try and protect this hou. as water spewed onto the la. one resident was forced outo the pouring rain... because house is now filled with wa "we were just in our livingm and just heard this rushing thought it was pouring rainr something was happening." "the whole backroom is floo our whole backyard is flood. its a mess." an alameda county fire truc the scene actually needed se at the scene actually needed some rescuing, too... aftert fell into the sink hole cre by the water main break. it's not cle
is free. >> a huge sigh of relief for merrill newman's family. >> i'm delighted to be home. it's been a great, great homecoming. >> his flight landing on american soil just hours ago after a sudden about-face from north korea's government. we'll have the very latest on his return. >>. >> also, a deadly winter storm is barrelling across the country and showing no signs of letting up. heavy snow, ice, leaving thousands of people without electricity. cancelling hundreds of flights and sinking a wide section of the nation into a deep freeze. a live report from our fox weather center. >>> and remembering pearl harbor. 72 years after the day of infamy. the tributes to the thousands of troops who died in a surprise attack that came just after dawn and pulled the united states into world war ii. >>> home in time for the holidays. an american war veteran detained in north korea for more than a month will get to sleep in his own bed tonight. merrill newman was reunited with his family at san francisco international airport earlier today. he's 85 years old and was holding his woof's hand as he a
in north korea and a once-secret operation during the korean war. merrill newman reportedly served in a secret unit during the war. information about the operation was was declassified in the early '90s when a retired colonel started writing a book about it. the unit was said to have trained anti-communist gur ril las to fight behind enemy lines. this photo reportedly shows newman posing with former gur ril las. one said newman trained him. a political science professor says it does not matter why they detained him. what matters is that they did. >> what matters is that they now have a bargaining chip vis-a-vis the u.s. government. although no one's going to say outlewd that's what it is, i'm quite certain that both sides know exactly that's what it is. >> according to reuters, newman went to south korea twice in the past decade, but this was his first known trip to the north. >>> vice president joe biden will stop in south korea this week during his week-long visit to asia. as of now, there's no word whether he's discuss or meet with anyone regarding merrill newman and his arrest
. >> and i'm ann notarangelo. don? >> reporter: and mail newman is indeed in fact back in the bay area tonight. but he may not be here that the retirement complex in palo alto with his shoes off. he wanted to be that way. all day long he's been avoiding the news media. at a teem when negotiations continue to get the release of another american still detained there. a round of applause greets newman as he walks through san francisco's international terminal. back home after being held six weeks by the north korean government. >> great homecoming and i'm tired but ready to -- be with my family. you know. and -- thank you all for the support we got. and very much appreciated. >> reporter: newman declined the talk about the experience and later we waited for hours at the retirement home for a chance to learn more. he didn't show. new maundiesed south korean -- newman advised south korean guerrillas, on october 26th north korean agents entered the plane and removed him. last week they released this video of him reading a so- called confession and apology. >> but the information of the kpa a
government is glad to be back home tonight. meryl newman arrived this morning, but as don knapp reports, he won't comment on his time in captivity. a round of applause greets meryl newman as he walks through san francisco's international terminal. back home after being held six weeks by north koreaen government. >> great homecoming, and i'm tired, but here with my family now and thank you all for the support. and very much appreciated. >> newman declined to talk about his experience. news crews waited for hours at the retirement home for a chance to learn more. he didn't show. newman advised south koreaen during the 1950 to 1953 war. on october 26, as he prepared to fly home, north koreaen agents entered the plane and removed him. last week, they released this video reading a so-called confession and apology. >> information of the kpa and attack communication system and kill three innocent operators. >> north koreaen video signaled an impending release according to the research director, daniel schneider. >> it was a stupid act on their part and the good thing is they didn't keep it go
that might mean if and when he is allowed to return home. >> reporter: newman served in a once top secret u.s. army unit during the korean war. that unit was said to have traintrai trained anti-communist gorillas to fight enemies. they're called the white tigers. newman was part of that unit. he would have likely trained the gorillas. he kept in touch with some of the koreans he trained during the war. this photo provided to us shows the 85-year-old veteran posing with former gorillas. he went to south korea twice in the past decade before making the trip into north korea in october. >> i think it was probably a s mistake for mr. newman to go back to north korea. there's still some very hard feelings about this whole operation that took place during the korean war. the north koreans are not particularly receptive to folks who have been a part of those units. >> reporter: officials have been detaining him since late october. he was detained just as he was boarding a plane to leave. we'll here from experts about the possible political implications of his detention. >>> thank you. vice presi
agents of the communist regime pulled him off his return flight. the government claimed newman killed the north koreans from 1950 to 1953. the north korean state controlled televion saw him reading from an apparent confession. >> it attacked the communication system and killed three innocent operators and delayed the munition supply using explosives. >> his son in pasadena says he is delighted about the announcement. >> as you can imagine this is a difficult ordeal for us as a family and particularly for him. >> the detention came as tensions remain high on the korean peninsula. the north has toned down the hostile rete rhetoric when it threaten 10ed to launch the nuclear warheads. >> they say newman was released because he apologized for his crimes and because of his age and medical condition. >>> vice president biden who was in south korea praised newman's released and asked if he wanted to fly home in style. >> i of offered him a ride home on air force 2, but without a direct flight to san francisco, i don't blame him. i would be on that flight too. >> newman is expected to board t
, merrilman was met by american officials in budget airport early saturday. merrill newman is expected to arrive at san francisco around noon eastern time and al jazeera's correspondent has more. >> merrill newman is headed home. the 85-year-old was held captive for a month in north korea. >> i'm glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance the dprk has given for me to fe on my own. >> a veteran of the korean war. he was pulled from his flight back from to the united states. he admitted to his wrongdoing and apologised. his age and medical condition played a part. >> merrill newman's spoke to his son briefly. >> he's in excellent spirits and eager to be reunited with his family. >> he was accused of hostile acts. last week television stations put out a video of him apologising. >> vice president joe biden and south korea honoured veterans of the korean war welcomed him home and covered him a lift. >> the dprk released someone they should never have had the first place. i offered him a ride home, but there's a direct flight to san francisco. i don't blame them, i would be on th
we gen in the latest developments of the 85-year-old career veteran neil newman back home now for a few hours. nick smith is live, quite a relief for his family. >> this entire ordeal has been an emotional roller coaster. finally, it's over. >> good morning. i'm delighted to be home. >> reporter: before 85-year-old merrill newman would step in front of a flood of microphones which his son lee wife lee and son jeff, i caught this which my smartphone, some of his first steps back on u.s. soil. >> i want to thank the swedish embassy in pyongyang and the american embassy in by a jenning for all their help. it's been a great homecomeing and i'm tired, but i'm here which my family now and thank you all for the support we got and very much appreciated. >> mr. newman, can you tell us about your time in prison and how they treated you. >> reporter: seemingly overwhelm, newman discussed the act about them. his detention put further strain on diplomatic relations when north korea showed video to him reading a couldn't federal governments to war crimes. it wasn't clear if it was coerced.
, fred. >>> merrill newman, 85-year-old american captured and locked up by north korean authorities earlier this fall is now home on u.s. soil. accused of alleged crimes during his time fighting in the korean war, north korea detained newman for six weeks. the u.s. war vet was mysteriously released, however, overnight. north korea state media say it's because of this video where newman appeared to apologize for his alleged crimes. jo joining me now, cnn correspondent dan simon just outside newman's condominium complex. he was asked a number of questions when going through customs. he had a statement but he refused to answer questions. now where is he? >> well, first of all, he appears to be in good health and in good spirits. he has not made his way here to this retirement complex. apparently there is some alternative plans that were in place. the bottom line is he is home, he is safe, and this is what he had to say just a couple hours ago. apparently we do not have that sound for you. but mr. newman was somebody who was in the -- fought in the korean war. he served in an intelligen
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. and within the past 45 minutes, we heard from meryll newman's son. amber lee spoke when he will be reunited with his family. >> reporter: we heard that newman was on his way home to san francisco. less than an hour ago his son who's in los angeles had a huge smile on his face when he spoke about his father. >> we're absolutely delighted to confirm that meryll newman is on his way home after being released by the dprk. >> reporter: in palo alto at channing house they refused to speak to us on camera. but they were all smiles. >> i was very pleased. very pleased indeed. i don't know what it took to get him released but i'm very glad he's coming home. i'm sure his family is too. >> reporter: the north korean state news agency kcna reported that newman had been quote deported. and they reported that the government did it in a humanitarian standpoint because of the man's old age and condition. this is meryll newman in a video we brought you last friday. he read from a prepared statement. newman talks about what he did in north korea in his last trip. >> i asked my guide to help me look for their
struggling after natural disasters. >>> merrill newman spent his captivity in north korea not in a jail cell but in a hotel room. speaking to the santa cruz sentinel today, newman said he was kept comfortable and well fed. when questioned about his televise ad polling, newman said that's not -- televised apology, newman said that's not my english. newman said his wife is now in charge of his passport. >>> federal investigators will question witnesses and experts in washington this week to try to find it out what caused the asiana airlines crash at sfo this summer. many experiments believe human error was to blame and a report in today's chronicle shows the first bay area responders lacked training for a disaster like this. >>> after four people were killed last week in a derailment in the bronx two federal lawmakers want cameras mounted in trains pointed at the tracks and at the engineers on board. the national transportation safety board made a similar suggestion. one of the senators says the cameras will be able to detect and prevent problems. >> as we move forward from the crash, we have
newman's grueling ordeal and his emotional trip back home. >> and the family of nelson mandela speaking out for the first time since the legendary leader's death. their emotional public statement coming up next. >> plus, we're marking 72 years since the attack on pearl harbor prp we'll have a live look at the memorial ceremonies and discuss how the lessons we learned that day still resonate as we fight the war on terror. >>> but first, a fox news alert on the release of a u.s. military veteran from north korea. this is video of 85-year-old merrill newman arriving back home in san francisco just a short time ago. he was released yesterday after being detained in north korea for more than a month. shortly before boarding a flight to the u.s., newman spoke with reporters about what he was most looking forward to upon returning home that he wanted to see his wife. now, live with more details. >> his wife, lee, was there, together with his son jeff, they were there to greet him at san francisco airport. he made a brief statement to the press, did merrill newman. he described it as a great ho
cruz. meryl newman landed at sfo to a lot of fanfare. here is abc7 news reporter lisa amin gulezian with the developing store. >> meryl newman held on tight to the ones he missed most after being detained in north korea. and after traveling some 24 hours he is finally back in the bay area. >> it has been a great homecoming and i am tired and i am i am ready to be with my family. >> he and a man of few words. >> what is the first thing you will do when you make it back to your door? >> probably take my shoes off. >> after leaving sfo, the newman family came to their second home in santa cruz. it is a house they owned for decades and once inside they have been relaxing and spending time together. >> this is a photo taken this afternoon. they are not returning just yet to their primary residents in palo alto. yellow ribbons were tied as a symbol of meryl's safe return. the vice president joe biden who is in south korea had this to say about the korean war veteran's released. >> there is a good piece of news. they released someone they should never have had in the first place. >> the no
one month has been deported back to the united states. merrill newman is expected to arrive in, what, a couple of hours, mike. >> reporter: yes. i just confirmed with airport officials that he is expected to arrive around 9:00 on a united airlines flight coming from beijing. his son will be here to greet his father as he finally arrives back in states. he is 85 and from palo alto and has been held by the south korea an government since late october. before he was scheduled to leave, korean authorities detained him and held him for weeks. he is a korean war veteran and televised an apology for his part in the war. he briefly spoke to reporters on his way home at the beijing airport. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the -- so i can be on my way. >> how do you feel now? >> i feel good. i feel good. >> what do you want to do first thing. >> go home and see my wife. >> reporter: now, in a statement, north korea an officials say taking into consideration his admittance of the act committed by him, an apology made by him, the above said institution deported him from the c
, lester. >>> today's top story. the american veteran merrill newman will be home are his family in california in a matter of house. he has been held prison in north korea for weeks. late last night he was relieved and quickly began that trip home. ian williams is tracking the developments for us this morning from beijing. ian, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. merrill newman is now a free man after north korea deported him on the first available fleight out of pyongyang. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance the dprk government has gave me to be on my way. >> reporter: he also said that he was particularly grateful to the north koreans for releasing him and he was looking forward to seeing his wife. the north koreans said they leaved him because of his age and also because of his ill health. he has a heart condition. they also said they were responding to his apology, his so-called apology. now, this was something that he did live on television a week or so ago. he wrote -- he read from a written confession. now, this appeared to be some
he's being held by the communist government. >> pam: this is video of merrill newman making a so- called apology over the weekend. the korean war vet said he was sorry for war crimes he committed. his friends and family say this apology was clearly scripted. >> pam: though it seems north korea is reveling in neman's detention, some analysts expect newman could be released soon. >>"so this is baffling. but this is a new regime of the new leader. and i suspect he's sending different signals but nobody knows what those signals are." >> pam: inside edition has released another photo of newman. >> pam: it shows him enjoying his 10-day tour of north korea before being detained. >> pam: a swedish ambassador has met with newman and said he was received medications sent by his family. >>".girly stuff" >> pam: coming up-- >> pam: 49ers players trade in their helmets for santa hats today. doing some christmas shopping today with bay area kids in need. >> pam: plus: viewers in north dakota got quite the surprise saturday night when will ferrell -- a-k-a ron burgundy -- co-anchored an entire
newman. authorities arrested him october 26th. last week north korea released a video claiming newman apologized for climb krooims committed during the korean war. >> newman belonged to a secret military group and aided guerrillas during the war. no word when he is returning in the united states but he is leaving north korea. >> good evening. >> we'll talk about the weather. the next wave of weather was enough moisture and freezing air to turn mountain tops white with snow. here you can see that snow has accumulated today along highway 29 where the plows have been dispatched there is more still to come. the cold front moves south. north, highway 101 has been closed because of snow and estimated time so far on when it might reopen. and here you can see the plates that forms on a windshield. here is video sent to you report showing how some species thrive in this weather. a humming bird taking a very cold shower. take a look at what's happening now with spencer christian. a new winter storm alert just issued. >> snow levels down to 1500 feet. sheer look at live doppler seven hd. you can
and the shared legacy with his own father. >>> let's begin this hour with merrill newman, an elderly u.s. war veteran dragged off a plane and then locked up in north korea and is now free after six weeks held without any real explanation. he was suddenly released overnight by the communist country. north korea calling it a, quote, deportation. joining me now, cnn correspondent dan simon. he's at the airport in san francisco awaiting newman's arrival, about when he is expected to arrive, and this is some journey, isn't it? >> reporter: it really is, fredricka. and it's really important we remind our viewers of the nature of the situation. this is an 85-year-old with a heart condition who had been held in north korea since october, and no one knew what was going to happen to him until he was suddenly released by the government last night. he is expected to land in about an hour from now. behind me is where he would clear -- come out through customs and greet his friends and family, unless the state department has special provisions for him, which wouldn't be terribly surprising given the situat
would you like to do? >> go home and see my wife. >> newman was north korea on a tourist visa. he was taken off a plane in october. >> it's been two days since the death of nelson mandela and we're looking at live pictures from outside his home in johannesburg. people have been leaving flowers in memory of the former president. meanwhile in washington the embassy has a condolence book for mandela. it's available until 2 tuesday evening on madison avenue. they gathered to remember mandela's legacy. >> reporter: mourners sing hymns honoring the life and legacy of nelson mandela at the south african embassy. people signed condolence books that read friends and relatives. they say he had compassion for humanity and made a sacrificed for the oppressed. spending a quarter of his life in prison for fighting against the apartheid. >> that was an even time. >> reporter: she signed her name. she is visiting d.c. from south africa. >> to see and know and experience a man with such love and compassion that can come out of prison after 27 years without any hatred. >> she along with hundreds of
man back with family. >> merrill newman was detained for 42 days after his visit. we are live at the palo alto home. we can only imagine how the family is feeling tonight. >> that's right. vicki. mr.newman left the airport and waiting for him to show up and walk into his building. we do know he is with family. >> it is a great homecoming and i'm tired but ready to be with my family. >> merrill newman did not have much to say after being detained in north korea for six weeks, his wife, son and family met him at san francisco international airport where he flew in from beijing. >> i'm delighted to be home. >> visiting north korea and was on his way home october 26th when according to the facebook page dedicated to bringing him home he was escorted off the plane because of his army service in the korean war 60 years ago. >> while detained, he confessed for the crimes. many think it was forced and days after it he was freed and after touching u.s. soil he thanked his supporters. >> thank the swedish embassy and beijing. >> there were well-wishers here in his hometown, his wife has
in santa cruz. merrill newman landed at sfo yesterday to plenty of fanfare. here is lisa amin gulezian with more. [cheers and applause] >> reporter: merrill newman held on to the ones he missed most while being detained in north korea. after traveling some 24 hours, he's finally back in the bay area. >> it's been a great homecoming. i'm tired, but ready to be with my family. >> the 85-year-old was a man of few words while at san francisco international airport. >> what's the first thing you are going to do when you make it back through your door? >> i think probably take my shoes off. >> after leaving sfo the newman family came here to their second home in santa cruz. it's a house they have owned for decades. once inside they have been relaxing and spending time together. this is a photo taken of merrill and his wife leigh having lunch. they aren't returning to their primary residence in palo alto, where yellow ribbons were tied by neighbors as a symbol of merrill's safe return. vice president joe biden had this to say. >> there is a piece of good news. the dprk today released someone
. 85-year-old war veteran merrill newman is back in california after being detachbd for more than a month in north korea. north korean officials say he was being held on charges of hostile acts against the regime stemming from his service in the korean war. he was finally reunited with his family in san francisco on saturday after the north koreans deported him. >> it's been a great homecoming, and i'm tired but ready to be with my family. >> a spokane medical examiner is set to perform an autopsy monday to determine what caused the death of a teenager on a delta air lines flight on saturday. the flight from seattle to atlanta was forced to make an emergency landing in spokane shortly after takeoff. investigators says it appeared the 16-year-old died of natural causes. the teen was the son of a soldier based in washington. he and his family were flying to atlanta for the holidays. >>> thousands are expected to turn out today for a tribute to "fast and furious" star paul walker. a memorial rally and car cruise is scheduled this afternoon in valencia, california in honor of the late
. after he appeared in a new video. 85-year-old merrill newman is seen confessing to war crimes, reading from an awkwardly phrased text. it's the first time he was seen since being detained five weeks ago when he was pulled off a plane with no explanation. >> we just hope whatever that misunderstanding is will be resolved. >> the swedish ambassador visited newman on saturday and told his family he is is in good health. the family is hoping to have him home before the new year. >>> a bizarre death happening at the broncos-chiefs game. the owner of an suv went to his car, there was a stranger sitting inside. the two struggled. when the stranger tried to run away, he collapsed and later died. he was not shot or stabbed. it will take an autopsy to find out what caused his death. >>> a show of support in the fight against the hiv. the white house was one of the most famous sites. they hung a giant symbolic red ribbon from the portico. >>> pope francis called on people to pray for people with hiv. so everyone will have access to the therapy that they need. in his address from st. peters square
merrill newman. making a so-called apology. in the video, the korean war vet said, he was sorry for war crimes he committed. his friends and family say. this apology was clearly scripted. north korea is reveling in newman's detention, some analysts expect newman could be released soon. >> "so this is baffling. but this is a new regime of the new leader. and i suspect he's sending different signals but nobody knows what those signals are." >> another photograph has been released of newman. it shows him enjoying his 10-day tour of north korea. before his detention. a swedish ambassador has met with newman and said, he was being treated well and has received the medications sent by his family. >> a re-paving project in fairfield is closing some roadways later today. starting at 9 tonight, both directions of oliver road, between hartford avenue and rockville road will be closed. also, the westbound 80 oliver road, west-texas street off ramp will be off limits. the work expected to last until 5 o clock tomorrow morning. detour signs will be posted but drivers should also expect delays in the
palo alto who has been held from in north korea is now released. it says newman entered the country to contact spice and terrorists whom he -- spies and terrorists whom he supposedly trained during the korean war. one week ago a video of newman reading an apology sparked hope he would be released. >>> here at home shaping up as another dangerously cold night but l now with moisture in the -- but now with moisture in the mix. snow already falling in some parts of north bay. with snow stick to the ground, street sleep -- sweepers were brought out to clear the snow. and in some cases the snow proved deadly. what health experts are saying about the deaths and when people are doing to keep the homeless safe. >> reporter: aned out blankets sudden -- and supplies here. other homeless people there were sad about the death and worried about themselves. >> it scares me because i'm going through the same cold. very freezey at night. i can't sleep. >> reporter: today the medical medical examiner says three men chid of conditions. no names releaseed. ehc expanded its three shelters to accommodat
, the palo alto veteran held captive in north korea is on his way home right now. newman was held for more than a month and last night he was deported from north korea. here's the latest. >> reporter: merrill newman is on his way home from north korea after a month. >> i appreciate the tolerance of the dpprk government for me to be on my way. >> reporter: the 85-year-old palo alto man completed a 10-day tour of the north and agents of the communist regime pulled him off his return flight. the pyongyang government claimed he killed north koreans in the korean war 1950 to 1953. north korean state-controlled television showed him reading from an apparent confession. >> collected information of the kpa and attacked communication system and killed three innocent operators, delayed the munition supply using explosives. >> reporter: his son says he's absolutely dlooigted about the announcement. >> as you can imagine, this is a very difficult ordeal for us as a family and particularly for him. >> reporter: his detention as tensions are high in the korean peninsula although the north recently toned
an apology on camera. newman appeared relieved to be home in the u.s. >> i am tired but it is good to be here with my family now. thank you all for the support we got. it is very much appreciated. >> newman thanks swedish embassy in north korea and u.s. embassy in china to help secure his release. >>> oakland material race. one announcement shook up what is going to be a high profile race. >> a challenger to mayor jean quan, we asked libbey what she thinks she can do better. >> jean quan got competition close when libbey shaft signed up to run against her for the top job next year. >> i think oakland can do better. >> reporter: she was isn't alone. a survey found that only 5% of voters in oakland were ready to vote for juan again. >> i think it might be time for a change. >> jean quan loves oakland but i think we need something more in a mayor. >> the same chamber poll found that 70% of oakland voters said crime was their biggest concern and shaft wasted no time zeroing in on the hot spot issue. >> oaklanders deserve to have the police come when they call so that the city can be safe. >> shaf
to be in good health. the swedish ambassador visited 85-year-old merrill newman over the weekend and gave him his heart medication. newman told the ambassador he is being treated well. video was released friday of newman reading an alleged apology letter for crimes during the korean war. the obama administration is urging north korea to release new imagine and another american held there for more than a year. >>> a new clue in the death of "fast & furious" actor paul walker. >> up next, the new security video that shows the fiery crash and it may help rule out one theory on what happened. >> speed was a factor in the deadly train derailment in new york. what the engineer says was the problem. >> and the bay area woman is showing no love to southwest after she says the carrier kicked her and her service dog off a plane in oakland. ,,,,,, friend on saturday. jeff ng has the tape and why it may s in >>> new video of the fiery crash that killed actor paul walker and a friend on saturday. jeff nguyen has the tape and why it may prove the car walker was in was not drag-racing. >> reporter: new vid
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